Picture this: A warm California afternoon that’s spent sipping wine among the rolling hills, dotted with rows of vineyards and rich farmland. It’s not Napa, Sonoma or even Paso Robles. This humble hamlet, comprised of nearly 100,000 acres of grapes, is Livermore. Situated just 40 minutes from San Francisco (and accessible by Bay Area Rapid Transit), it’s one of California’s original and oldest wine regions with more than 50 tasting rooms that flank the charming town. Unlike more popular wine destinations, the Livermore terroir benefits from the east-west orientation of the valley and a warm growing season that’s cooled by nearby San Francisco’s breezes. Grapes love hot days and cool nights that this area provides in spades.